Posted On : 5th May, 2017

Places available for fleet decision-makers on new ICFM Advanced Diploma Programme
Places are filling up fast for the next tutor-led ICFM Diploma (Advanced Level) Programme, but some delegate spaces remain available.
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Changes to trade licence application process – Renewals
DVLA has introduced new validation requirements for first applications and renewals. This is to make the trade licence application process more secure and robust. These launched on 30 January 2017 for first applications, and the new requirements will apply to renewals from June 2017.
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System Upgrade Unavailability – May 2017
The DVLA will be implementing system upgrades over the next two weekends.
Saturday 6th May (9pm) – Sunday 7th May (1.30 pm)
The DVLA services that will be impacted will be the Personalised Registrations Assign and Sale of Marks digital services. These will be unavailable and the essential maintenance page information will be shown. There is NO impact to the Driver & Vehicle enquiry services.

Friday 13th May (7.00pm) – Monday 15th May (early)
During this period, the Department for Work and Pensions systems which integrate with DVLA systems will be unable to verify National Insurance (NI) numbers. Therefore, the View Driving Licence (VDL) and Share Driving Licence (SDL) services will be unavailable.
The Check Driving Licence service will continue to be available during this period and any valid Check Code can be redeemed as usual. Drivers will still be able to create a driving licence Check Code.
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Industry Events
Fleet Show 17 – May 10th
More than 300 cars and vans are available to test drive alongside dozens of exhibiting suppliers, as well as sessions on EV technology and ULEV fleet management in a special Go Ultra Low Zone, and a seminar programme which will look at the major pressures fleets will face in the next five years, including Brexit, diesel, taxation, autonomy and introducing mobility solutions.
Show organiser Jerry Ramsdale said: “We are absolutely delighted with the number of fleet decision-makers signed up to come to Silverstone on May 10, which are at record numbers for the show. We’ve worked incredibly hard this year to deliver an event that satisfies the three criteria of ‘Driving, Discovering and Networking’.
“We feel we’ve addressed the perception that Fleet Show is a glorified track day – it’s absolutely not that, but instead an fleet event for everyone, where people can come together to talk about the industry, meet friends and colleagues and find new products. The re-show registration numbers reflect that, but there is still plenty of room for more visitors, and we’ be delighted to see ACFO members at the event.”
To find out more about the show and to register for your ticket, please visit www.thefleetshow.co.uk

Brake Fleet Safety Conference 2017 – May 25th
Road safety charity Brake has confirmed the speaker line-up for its Fleet Safety Conference 2017.The Fleet Safety Conference brings together fleet managers and suppliers to share best practice in managing road risk. The conference will feature best practice presentations from the winners of Brake’s 2016 Fleet Safety Awards,.
This year’s conference, sponsored by the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), will see experts from the world of fleet share best practice in managing road risk on Thursday, 25 May.
Fleet operators and suppliers are being urged to book onto the conference sooner rather than later as the charity expect to sell out its venue at the St John’s Hotel, Solihull (UK).
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Taxation & Finance
Government review may lead to radical changes in travel and subsistence payments
A proposal to abolish tax allowances on travel and subsistence expenses could be revived by the government’s current consultation into expenses tax reliefs believes Alphabet.
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Fuel & Green
First cars delivered in major pioneering fleet hydrogen car trial
The first cars – two Toyota Mirais and a Hyundai iX35 – have been delivered to businesses as part of a major, pioneering hydrogen fleet car trial.
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High Court rules government must publish air pollution plans before general election
The UK government has failed in its attempt to delay publication of its air quality plans until after the general election.
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Unite union takes action against diesel fumes ‘time bomb’
A major new initiative to protect workers from the ticking time bomb caused by exposure to diesel fumes has been launched by Unite, the UK’s largest union.
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Volatility still plagues fuel costs as pump prices rise
Almost exactly five years ago, UK average pump prices hit record highs and this week, drivers are having to endure yet another round of increases after the commodity price of petrol returned to levels last seen in the summer of 2015.
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Insurance & Road Safety
Cutting road fatalities through first global online training course, run by EASST, Cranfield University and IRU Academy
An educational collaboration between the world’s largest network of training institutes has launched a new online road safety training tool on occupational road safety, paving the way for greater safety and efficiency and ultimately saving lives on the road.
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Sat-navs, texting and over-chatty passengers – the deadliest distractions at the wheel
Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart and Auto Express, the UK’s biggest-selling car magazine, teamed up to find out which are the deadliest behind-the-wheel distractions with programming a satellite navigation device found to be the worst.
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Audi national contract hire and leasing manager moves into top fleet role
Tom Brennan has vacated his position as national contract hire and leasing manager for Audi UK to move up into the role of head of fleet sales for the brand.
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Brown appointed as operations director for Subaru UK
Subaru UK has appointed William Brown to the position of operations director with immediate effect.
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European motor manufacturers warn Brexit could trigger 22% new vehicle price rise
The implementation of trade tariffs on the UK as a result of Brexit could increase the price of light commercial vehicles by 10-22%, cars by 10% and the cost of parts and components by an average 3-4%, according to the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (ACEA).
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Vauxhall showed ‘a reckless disregard for safety’ of drivers over vehicle fires, say MPs
Vauxhall was too slow to begin a full investigation into fires affecting its Zafira B models and too quick to attribute them to improper and unauthorised repair, according to MPs on the House of Commons Transport Select Committee.
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Disposals & Remarketing
Anti-diesel bias could be driving improvements in hybrid Toyota Prius values
Average values of the hybrid Toyota Prius at three-years/60,000 miles have increased by four percentage points in the first three months of this year, according to Glass Guide, prompting speculation that the rise could be due to an anti-diesel car bias from consumers.
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Daily rental industry learning value of ready-to-retail defleeting, says Meridian
The daily rental industry is learning the value of defleeting stock in ready-to-retail condition in order to maximise returns, according to Meridian Vehicle Solutions.
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Fleet News
ATS Euromaster appoints new head of national fleets
ATS Euromaster has appointed Jess Jones as head of national fleets, with the goal of driving the tyre and vehicle maintenance provider’s growth in the car and light commercial vehicle (LCV) national leasing fleets sector.
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Drivers taking company cars abroad this summer urged to obtain VE103
Drivers planning on taking their company car abroad on holiday this summer have been urged to ensure that they have the correct documentation as soon as possible.
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Fleet stalwart Ken Trinder dies after cancer battle
Well-known fleet industry personality Ken Trinder has died following a short battle with cancer. He was 67.
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Fleets need to keep ‘walkaround’ checks interesting to fight driver complacency
Fleets need to adopt a range of strategies to keep driver ‘walkaround’ checks interesting otherwise complacency quickly sets in, according to FleetCheck.
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Garage labour rates vary by £160 per hour reveals new survey
The average cost of having a car repaired at a garage can vary by more than £160 an hour, according to a new report.
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JCT600 VLS launches unique new driver app
JCT600 Vehicle Leasing Solutions (VLS) has developed a new fully driver centric app for use by drivers employed by its customers’ fleets.
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Motoring fines surge for company car drivers, research finds
Businesses faced a sharp rise in motoring fines in 2016 as the number of penalties incurred by company car and van drivers rose 21 per cent year-on-year, according to annual figures from Lex Autolease,
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National Grid signs up to GreenRoad’s driver safety technology
National Grid’s UK Capital Delivery division is implementing voluntary driver safety measures for its employees.
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New Enterprise Car Club mobile app offers new functions and better access to mobility
Members of Enterprise Car Club, the UK’s largest privately owned car club, now have access to a faster, more feature-rich mobile app, which is also available for the first time on Android as well as iOS.
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New fleet operations director joins the team at Fraikin
Keith Atkins has joined the Fraikin executive leadership team in the role of fleet operations director, where his focus will be on further improving the commercial vehicle leasing and fleet management company’s vehicle compliance record.
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No such thing as a fleeting moment as the AA signs five-year FTA contract extension
The Freight Transport Association has signed a five-year contract extension with the AA fleet and SME division for the provision of breakdown and recovery services to 2,000 FTA Recovery members for their 86,000 mixed vehicle fleets.
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RAC launches manifesto to ensure biggest issues for motorists don’t get parked
The RAC has written to all the major UK political party leaders urging them to remember the key issues that matter most to business and private road users when drafting their party manifestos ahead of the general election on 8 June.
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Vehicle check app released allowing businesses to manage their fleet in real time
Crewe-based Radius Payment Solutions has launched a bespoke vehicle check app for businesses which it hopes will save fleets time and money by both improving health and safety and reducing vehicle downtime.
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Alphabet delivers new van fleet to HTS for property and environmental services
Fleet leasing and mobility provider Alphabet has commenced deliveries of a fleet of 69 light commercial vehicles for new environmental and property maintenance company, HTS (Property & Environment), which started trading in February by Harlow Council.
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a ‘glass act’ for Laddaw
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a clear winner in the reliability and carrying capacity stakes for Laddaw, the wholesale and distribution arm of vehicle glass repair and replacement company Autoglass.
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